COMMUNICATION + ENGAGEMENT
RMKA’s team of communication strategists has access to the most up-to-date global information and trends that we use to
instruct our full range of communication, media, public relations and marketing services.
We work closely with industry professionals and academics who are experts in their respective fields, including media and advertising
agencies, graphic designers, web and app developers, market researchers, legal and financial advisers,
as well as management consultants to provide the best outcomes for our clients.
RMKA is also able to conduct polling and community perception surveys on behalf of our clients to assist in rigorous
decision-making, product testing, and demonstrating to authorities a constructive engagement with the community.
RMKA is a strategic communication and marketing consultancy.
Our business advises and acts for governments, corporates, professional bodies, industry associations, not-for-profits, and individuals.
We provide our clients with benefits to their operations through improved risk management and greater control of their message and image
through effective use of communication, marketing, and stakeholder relationship management. We have extensive experience in the development and
implementation of fully integrated communication and marketing strategies for the public and private sectors.
RMKA is based in Melbourne and offers national and international coverage through a professional network of independently owned
communication and marketing consultancies; including our recent partnership with Sydney-based Wells Haslem.
MEET THE TEAM
RMKA brings to all its work many years of experience in strategic communication, change management, issues/crisis management and media
relations at a government, business and community level.
ROBERT MASTERS – Director
Robert Masters is a highly-experienced public relations practitioner with a background covering more than 30 years in the industry.
His experience covers corporate and government sectors, industrial and consumer markets as well as issues and crisis management, employee relations and investor relations.
Robert specialises in government relations; issues & crisis management; communication audits & strategies; corporate communication; organisational change; publications & editorial services; environmental reputation; stakeholder relations and media relations.
Mr Masters is a former senior political journalist having covered Federal Parliament as a member of the National Press Gallery and State Parliaments in Queensland, NSW and Victoria, as well as the Town Hall round in Brisbane and Melbourne.
Robert has also lectured widely in Australia, Asia, the United States and England on public relations communication strategies as well as on issues and crisis management. He is a Life Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a Past President of the PRIA.
JOHN KANANGHINIS – Director
John Kananghinis has close to 30 years experience in strategic communication planning and implementation both as a consultant and as a senior executive within highly successful multi-national companies.
John has been Managing Director of a leading Australasian communication consultancy and has almost two decades of senior corporate experience through his roles as General Manager of Marketing & Communications for BMW Australia and Sales & Marketing Director for Scania Australia.
His focus is on premium brand building and the development of business vision and communication strategies. He also has extensive experience in financial services, investor relations, luxury goods, heavy industry and manufacturing.
His extensive background in integrating all elements of sales, marketing and communication has seen him develop and implement significant national and international projects including numerous major sponsorships, product introductions and brand extension programmes.
John has also directed the creation of client internet sites, developed government and industry liaison strategies and managed corporate acquisitions and investments.
John studied law at Victoria University, Wellington and is also holds a Diploma in Business Communications from Massey University in New Zealand. He is also past President of the Advertising Institute of Australasia’s Victoria Branch.
ANGUS NICHOLLS – Senior Associate
Angus Nicholls has in excess of 15 years experience of working with, in, and around all levels of Government in Australia, in roles ranging from lobbying, to advising a Federal Minister, and as an elected representative of his local Council.
During his time on Council Angus led the development of Council positions on many complex and socially sensitive issues with regard to planning, the environment, community amenity, and local business issues. His work in this space was recognised by his appointment as the Chair of the Strategic Master Planning Committee.
As an Adviser and Acting Chief of Staff to a former Federal Minister, Angus was responsible not only for policy development and stakeholder negotiations, but also contributing to tactics and strategy for the Senate leadership team.
Angus is a problem solver with the ability to translate theory into practice in a simple, no-nonsense manner that resonates with target audiences.
MARIA VAMPATELLA – Group Manager
Maria Vampatella has worked in communication for over 25 years with major international and national consultancies with specific expertise in media relations and strategic communication.
She has assisted in developing effective partnerships at a national and international level with health organisations, education, government and community groups covering strategic communication planning, corporate and government integration, and strategic alliances with policy makers and leaders.
ALISTAIR KING – Senior Associate
Alistair King is a highly skilled professional with over 20 years’ experience in communication and stakeholder relations management within the Victorian Government and not-for-profit sector.
He is a strategic thinker with excellent analytical skills and a practical problem-solving approach to issues and has an extensive track record in planning and implementing communication and engagement programs.
Alistair is also an experienced leader and has led both large and small communication and engagement teams. His experience ranges widely and encompasses energy, resources, agriculture, industry, health, education and justice portfolios, as well as several years in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Alistair holds degrees in Marketing and Economics as well as an IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation. He is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a member of IAP2, and has presented on communications and engagement at numerous conferences and forums.
LAURISSA MIRABELLI – Senior Associate
Laurissa Mirabelli has two decades of experience in strategic communication in Australia and the UK.
Laurissa’s extensive experience with global markets includes her tenure as the Australian head of public affairs for a European car company, and the Australian lead of an international communications consultancy.
Strong industry knowledge enables Laurissa to provide practical and commercially valuable advice to her clients, which include some of the world’s leading automotive, education, manufacturing, retail and publishing brands.
Laurissa’s experience expands the entire spectrum of public affairs from corporate communications and stakeholder relations to issues management and media relations.
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ALEX MESSINA – Senior Associate
Alex is an accomplished public affairs professional with 25 years of coal-face experience in journalism, government communications, stakeholder and community engagement, and consulting to an array of clients and industry sectors.
As a thinker, a strategist, a manager, and a results-driven implementer, his spectrum of skill ranges from analysing social and community issues and risk, facilitating stakeholder processes, social research, issues and crisis management, harnessing media, overseeing advertising campaigns, community engagement. and building communication and engagement teams from the ground up.
He has applied his strategic thinking across diverse industries including agriculture, food production, community services, pharmaceuticals, mining and resources, fisheries, energy and infrastructure and construction.
Alex’s strategic communications heritage started with 12 years in metropolitan journalism covering State politics, education, consumer issues, industrial relations and investigative reporting. He followed this with 10 years in senior communications roles in Victorian Government departments working with senior executives and a dozen Ministerial offices.
He now specialises in public affairs strategy and issues management and has advised Boards and CEOs.
Through his Masters studies, he has a deep understanding of the psycho-social drivers of influence. Consequently, Alex offers research-based, creative, effective and successful public affairs strategy.
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PETER APPLEFORD – (PHD, BSC)
Peter Appleford is an experienced senior executive in Government who has worked for over 15 years in management roles in fisheries, primary industries, fire, land, parks, forests and insurance. He has extensive experience in executive management in government and its systems and processes. He also extensive technical expertise and experience in regulation, resource management and business transformation – implementing change while driving integrated and improved performance.
Peter draws on his first hand executive experience in having managed large multi-disciplinary businesses with annual budgets in excess of $600 million. He is highly effective in policy and strategy development, having working with Ministers and their offices, providing authoritative advice to Government, and overseeing and working with statutory entities and other stakeholders in complex operating environments.
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DR CHRISTOPHER GALLOWAY
DR CHRISTOPHER GALLOWAY – M.Comm. (Merit), M.Mngt (Dist), PhD (Monash) – Academic Associate
Dr Galloway recently returned to New Zealand to take up the role of senior lecturer in public relations at Massey University’s Albany campus after 10 years in Australia where he held senior positions at Monash University and more recently Swinburne University of Technology where he was Discipline Leader Public Relations & Advertising.
Chris Galloway specialises in issues, crisis and risk communication, with a focus on reputation risk management. He is best known for developing an original methodology to help corporate reputation managers identify and manage reputation threats.
Before launching an academic career, Dr Galloway was a senior corporate affairs executive, working for organisations including Telecom New Zealand, the New Zealand Meat Board and Public Trust. He is co-editor of a book on public relations issues and crisis management, and has published papers in journals such as Public Relations Review, the Journal of Communication Management, the Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal and Prism.
He has a PhD (Monash), Master of Management [Communication Management] (Distinction), Massey University New Zealand, 2000; a Master of Communications (Merit), Victoria University of Wellington, 1997; APR – Accredited in Public Relations, Public Relations Institute of New Zealand, 1991; and a Bachelor of Arts (University of Auckland), 1971.